Maryland Senate sends gay marriage bill to governor

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Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:48 PM
Maryland Senate sends gay marriage bill to governor

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - Maryland's Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill on Thursday that moves it a major step closer to joining a clutch of states that have legalized gay and lesbian nuptials.

Already approved by the House of Delegates, the Senate vote now sends the legislation to Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat and gay marriage supporter who has promised to sign the bill.

(Reporting By Alice Popovici; editing by Dan Burns)